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Council forms committee for hiring new city clerk

April 27, 2009

Position deadline is May 4, hiring date expected to be June 1

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DARWIN, MN - A hiring committee was formed during Tuesday’s Darwin City Council meeting for the open part-time city clerk position.

Council members Larry Huhn and Tim Matheson volunteered to be on the committee which will review, sort, and rate resumés and applications received for the position.

The deadline for applications is Monday, May 4. Huhn and Matheson will chose five or six to be reviewed by the council at the Tuesday, May 5 meeting.

A decision is expected to be made by Tuesday, May 12, and the position filled by Monday, June 1.

Current city clerk and liquor store manager Carmen Kolar presented to the council a spreadsheet of her 2008 through current wages.

Kolar told the council she would like to know as soon as possible what her new salary will be with the position split.

The council decided to table the policy workshop until the new clerk starts.

Public works business

Jill Holte, public works, reported to the council of the arsenic levels noted in the water report received from the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Darwin water was tested at 9.8 milligrams per liter, which is below the maximum contaminant level.

Holte plans on flushing hydrants in the City of Darwin Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15.

Jeff Walsh from L & M Services was at the meeting and presented a quote for sealing cracks on three city streets and the city hall parking lot. The total amount of the quote was $3,354.

The council decided to take no action until it also received resurfacing quotes, in an effort to stay within the street maintenance budget.

The council did approve dust control for less than .75 cents a foot.

The council also approved a Mini Biff for Schoolhouse Park at the cost of $88.33 a month from Mini Biff of Hutchinson.

In other business

In other business, the council discussed the following:

• Kolar informed the council of a conversation with Harvey Riebe regarding drainage issues. He informed her he plans on deepening the trench and clearing it out for better flow and also making a curb stop on his property to direct water.

The council asked Kolar to send another letter requesting written plans on how the drainage will be done and giving him a deadline of June 1 for completion.

• Will Dolan, the city’s attorney, sent a letter of intent for Phyllis Johnson to sign giving the city permission to begin soil boring on her land for a potential additional waste water pond.

• Huhn was asked to contact Meeker Cooperative about switching the liquor store security system from its current provider, Maximum Security.

• Mayor Orlan Cervin informed the council of an offer for the city to purchase the old lumberyard located on First Street, previously owned by Jim Allen.

The council decided to discuss the issue more at the next meeting after, getting additional information about the value of the property.

• The council was informed that there were three water shut-offs April 16, with one getting turned back on as of April 22.


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